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"Would Be Kicking Himself": Pietersen Slams Rohit After "Lazy" Dismissal

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen was criticial of India skipper Rohit Sharma‘s batting strategy within the ongoing second Check in Visakhapatnam. Rohit was dismissed for 14 by England spinner Shoaib Bashir within the first session on Day 1. Debutant Bashir broke by means of within the second over after the drinks break to get Rohit caught out at leg-slip on a supply that turned sharply into the right-hander, and the teenager roared in celebration. Pietersen feels Rohit have to be “kicking himself” for getting out on pitch have been “lots” of runs have been on supply.

“It would not matter who you get out to, you will get out to anyone. I feel he’d be kicking himself as a result of there have been loads of runs available right here. On this wicket, in opposition to a really younger and inexperienced bowling assault, he shall be taking a look at his dismissal and pondering, ‘How on earth did I get myself out right here?’,” Pietersen advised the broadcasters.

Pietersen feels Rohit, who confronted 41 balls and didn’t hit a boundary, missed the chance to place runs on the board, labelling his dismissal as “fairly lazy”. 

“That (the dismissal) was fairly lazy. Sure, it’s instinctive to knock the ball in the direction of the leg facet. However there was no urgency in what led to the dismissal. There was no urgency to try to get off the strike. These guys are expansive from ball one in T20 cricket, they play so fantastically. We have now not seen big spin, huge bounce, or something that ought to pose any concern within the batter’s thoughts,” he added.

Pietersen signed off by praising Shubman Gill, who confirmed intent throughout his knock of 34 from 46 balls.

“Gill performed properly, I assumed. There was an depth in him. There was a scarcity of depth in Rohit; it appeared like his innings was in gradual movement,” Pietersen additional defined.

Whereas Rohit and Gill failed to attain massive knocks, opener Yashasvi Jaiswal hit his second Check century to place India in management.

Jaiswal (125 not out) struck a high-quality hundred to push India to 225 for 3 at Tea on Day 1.

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